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Dell charging 16.25 UK pounds to install free web browser 'Firefox'

Before confirming the order, a buyer found out that Dell was charging an amount to install a free and open source web browser 'Firefox'. It was found that the PC builder has an option to install Mozilla Firefox on behalf of the buyer for a new PC if the buyer agrees to pay £16.25. Dell even put this as an option to select in its 'additional software' pre-purchase custom options selection list.

 

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The Mozilla Foundation has started investigating once they've received this report. The company behind Firefox said that they are consulting with legal teams, though the process is in a very early stage.

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Hungry? Why not cook some french fries using the heat from your PC

When I had my old Intel Pentium II system, I was quite content playing the Quake and Unreal titles at the time, but I never once thought of cooking up some fries with my system.

 

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Well, a KitGuru reader did just that with his old Pentium II system, where he cooked french fries in oil using the head generated by his ageing CPU. I don't know how healthy this would be, so we don't recommend doing it at home, but it has to be a first for me - seeing someone put their system into a baking tray and cooking a meal using the heat generated from their computer.

HP sees growth in its PC business after seven quarters

HP's Q1 2013 fiscal reports pointed that its PC business has witnessed a growth after seven quarters.

 

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The PC group business witnessed a growth of 8.5 billion in revenue which reflects 4% in comparison with the previous year. HP's CEO Meg Whitman remains positive that people will be more inclined to shift to a new PC rather than a tablet. She said,"While employees may want a tablet, they also need more traditional compute devices to do their real work."

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A researcher misused Harvard University's computers to mine Dogecoins

A researcher was caught using Havard's Odyssey cluster of 14,000 cores that's usually meant for researching new clean energy methods for mining dogecoins.

 

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The assistant dean for Research Computing, James Cuff, sent an email to the rest of the researchers with a message that "Odyssey and Research Computing resources can not be used for any personal or private gain or any non research related activity. Accordingly, any participation in "Klondike" style digital mining operations or contests for profit requiring Harvard owned assets to examine digital currency key strength and length are strictly prohibited for fairly obvious reasons. In fact, any activities using our shared resources for any non scientific purpose that results or does not actually result in personal gain are also clearly and explicitly denied."

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DELL joins A4WP to adopt wireless charging standard

Dell joins the Alliance for Wireless Power, short for A4WP, making this as the first biggest PC maker in the world to join an initiative to adopt a wireless charging standard.

 

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Other members of A4WP are Intel, Samsung, LG, SanDisk and other names, but Dell is the first PC maker to join the group. A4WP's primary goal is standardize Rezence, a wireless power transfer method that uses near-field magnetic tech which has the ability to charge multiple device at the same time.

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CyberpowerPC unveils new Elite Gaming Series around new NVIDIA GPUs

Today, CyberpowerPC announced the launch of a new series of PC gaming systems that are built around NVIDIA's newest GPU's; the GeForce GTX 750, GTX 750 Ti, and the massive new flagship GTX Titan Black. CyberpowerPC says that beginning today, its customers can add these new GPUs to high-performance rigs such as the new Zeus Mini small form factor series, Zeus EVO, and Fang III systems.

 

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"For CYBERPOWERPC customers looking for the perfect balance of performance, sleek design and groundbreaking technologies the GeForce GTX TITAN Black edition is a masterpiece in design and engineering. The new Black edition increases performance by 15 percent while retaining the whisper-quiet acoustics and cool thermals. Any CYBERPOWERRPC system built with this GPU can power your most extreme games, and even 4K and multiple monitors at 25 x 16, with high-speed double precision and 6 GB of frame buffer memory," the company said in a release. CyberpowerPC says that systems featuring the GTX 750, GTX 750 Ti and GTX Titan Black edition start at $649, $699, and $1749 respectively.

Digital Storm now offering NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Black GPUs

Following this mornings announcement from NVIDIA, boutique PC builder, Digital Storm, has announced that it now offers all three of NVIDIA's new discrete graphics solutions in its line of custom gaming PCs. Digital Storm is offering both the GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti, as a low-cost HD gaming solution to lineup. If Ultra-HD 4k gaming is more your style, Digital Storm is also offering NVIDIA's new flagship, the GeForce GTX Titan Black, the world's fastest GPU.

 

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"HD gaming is the new standard and Ultra HD is not far behind with 4K displays already available for $800," said Rajeev Kuruppu, Digital Storm's Director of Product Development. "This is an exciting time for gamers and we're thrilled to incorporate NVIDIA's new cards into our systems to deliver the stunning graphics and advanced gaming experience our customers demand."

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HP unveils new Chromebox as it enters compact PC market

Quickly following in the footsteps of Dell and ASUS, HP has just announced its first Chromebox. The device is not slated for release until the spring, and is designed for use almost anywhere a compact computer might be needed. One of its biggest features is compatibility with Google's Chromebox for meetings video conferencing system, as well as media streaming to your home theater.

 

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The HP Chromebox is not the slouch you might expect from a Chrome device either, and runs an Intel i7 Haswell CPU, as well as 4GB of RAM. The Device is capable of streaming 1080p video thanks to an HDMI port as well. Other features include a VESA Mount, four USB 3.0 ports, and Bluetooth 4.0. The HP Chromebox comes in three different colors and measures in at just 5-inches square. No pricing information has been released yet, but we do expect it to retail for over $299 thanks to the i7 addition.

Google wants to modernize meeting rooms with Chromebox

Google recently launched an effort to help businesses make it easier to brainstorm and collaborate in meetings, using Chromebox for Meetings to combine Google+ Hangouts and Google Apps in the built-in Chromebox.

 

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Based on the Intel Core i7 CPU, the Chromebox also includes an HD camera, microphone and speaker unit controllable by remote control - and is seamless, eliminating the need for dial-in phone numbers and passcodes. Google is internally using the system to not only test it out, but continue to be aware of future changes that can be made to further improve user experience.

 

For businesses trying to host more interactive meetings, the Chromebox for Meetings system costs $999 and is free for the first year - businesses must then pay a $250 charge per year for access. The system is available now.

 

New software technologies continues to revolutionize how employees interact with each other, as Google, Microsoft, and other companies create new generation audio, text, and video-based conferencing solutions.

ASUS announces the Chromebox, starting at $179

ASUS has just announced the Chromebox, a small NUC-like compact PC that features Chrome OS. ASUS' Chromebox features deeply integrated Google services thanks to Google's OS, as well as access the popular services such as YouTube, Netflix and Hulu.

 

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The company has used Intel's fourth-generation Core or "Haswell" processors, the latest 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi tech, four USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0 and SD card reader. As for display outputs, we have HDMI and DisplayPort, which will drive 4K or Ultra HD displays. A nice touch for something that starts off at just $179.

 

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There will be three CPUs on offer depending on the market you're based in, the Celeron 2955U, Core i3-4010U, or Core i7-4600U. It'll come with 2GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM, but can be optioned with 4GB of RAM. For storage, we have 16GB of built-in M.2 NGFF storage, backed up by 100GB of free Google Drive storage (which is for a limited time).

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